May 2012

Intermodal will continue to be a big traffic driver for Florida East Coast Railway

Several years ago, Florida East Coast Railway L.L.C. (FEC) generated most of its revenue from aggregates, primarily crushed stone used in residential and commercial construction. But since then, the number of ag carloads per day has dropped from a high of 600 to about 120. Now, intermodal — which has steadily grown in volume — accounts for 80 percent of the regional’s business.

Rail key to port prosperity

There's a lot of talk about seaport competition these days, and a lot of hand-wringing about dredging, too. In the end, however, the competitive advantage might not be so much in the depth of a channel to receive incoming cargo as it may be about the rail connection to disperse outbound cargo very quickly.

New PortMiami rail link is right on track

A new rail link to PortMiami has been completed; dredging the tunnel from Watson Island to the port is on schedule.

The first train across the new track to PortMiami carried people rather than the freight cars it will haul beginning later this year. But the short trip for journalists, port officials and executives of Florida East Coast Railway showed that this leg of the port overhaul project was squarely on track.

Flagler to launch a third-party logistics strategy and services

Flagler is developing 170,000 square feet at its South Florida Logistics Center that will offer a rail connection to PortMiami and some third-party logistics services.

Port Everglades director plans big at Broward seaport

At 6 feet 6 inches tall, the new director of Port Everglades is hard to miss. Engineer Steve Cernak has towering plans for the Broward County seaport too, planning to rev up what's already a strong economic engine for the region in cruises, cargo, fuel and trade services.

Freight-train system to start after Heat play

A new $22-million Port of Miami rail track for freight trains is nearly ready after nine months of construction, according to Florida East Coast Railway (FEC).

Husein Cumber, an FEC spokesman, told El Nuevo Herald during a recent tour of the project that the first train will run later this year, likely in the fourth quarter and well after basketball season ends at AmericanAirlines Arena, located next to the track at the seaport entrance.
“We will let the Miami Heat win their championship and will start after that,” said Cumber, jokingly.